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Lockdown: Government Spends Over N500 Million To Feed Children

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq has said that Federal Government has spent about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic.

She announced this at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

Farouk made the revelation against the rumours and speculations going around one of our key interventions of the government – the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

She said that the programmed was modified and implemented in three states following a March 29th, Presidential directive.

The three states are FCT, Lagos and Ogun.

According to her, each takes home ration was valued at N4,200 and that the figure was arrived at with proper consultation.

The minister said that the figure generated from statistics provided by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

She further said that according to statistics from the NBS and CBN, a typical household in Nigeria has 5.6 to six members in its household, with three to four dependents and as such it is assumed that each household has three children.

The minister further explained that based on the original design of the Home Grown School Feeding programme, long before it was domiciled in the ministry, every child on the programme receives a meal a day.

She said each meal cost N70 per child and when 20 school days per month is taken, it means a child eats food worth N1,400 per month.

She further said that to ensure transparency in the process, the ministry has partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) as technical partners and has also invited government agencies like the EFCC, CCB, ICPC, DSS and some NGOs to monitor the process.

An investigation into the programme revealed that the FCT, 29,609 households were impacted, 37,589 households in Lagos and 60,391 in Ogun, making a total of 124,589 households impacted between May 14, and July 6.

So if 124,589 households received take-home rations valued at N4,200, the amount will be N523,273,800.

‘We Have Large Campuses With Small Population, Allow Us To Resume’ Private Universities Begs NUC

Private Universities in Nigeria has submitted a request to the National Universities Commission (NUC) that it is high time the university governing body allowed the private owned universities to reopen as they are fully ready for resumption.

The Chairman of the Committee of Vice- Chancellors and Registrars of Private Universities , Prof . Timothy Olagbemiro, made this known in an interview that the private universities had big campuses with small population which would give room for social distancing.

He also maintained that resumption would be done in phases , adding that university laboratories also needed to be opened for researches to take place.

Olagbemiro also said that once the NUC has given the green light, they will put everything needed in place. He added that they don ’ t want to resume fully but they will do it in phases whereby the year one and graduating students can resume to take their final exams after which the year two and three will follow suit.

He also said that it is just the high time the government allowed the private universities to reopen because opening of academics will enhance more research to fight the Covid-19 pandemic as well as others things.

The Chairman concluded that he hope that the NUC consider their request, putting in mind that they are job providers and they needed to pay salaries which can’t be done when schools remain closed.

Covid-19 Update: Nigeria’s Total Cases Rise Above 40,000

The tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria has reached 40,532 as 555 new infections were announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The center disclosed this on its verified Twitter handle on Sunday night.

It said that on the 26th of July 2020, 555 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in country.

Also according to the tweet, till date, 40532 cases have been confirmed, 17374 cases have been discharged and 858 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The new cases are reported from 18 states- Lagos(156), Kano(65), Ogun(57), Plateau(54), Oyo(53), Benue(43), FCT(30), Ondo(18), Kaduna(16), Akwa Ibom(13), Gombe(13), Rivers(12), Ekiti(9), Osun(8), Cross River(3), Borno(2), Edo(2), Bayelsa(1).

‘Prepare To Live With Covid-19 For One Year’ NCDC

Hospitals in Nigeria have been urged to learn how to live with Covid-19 pandemic for at least one year and should desist from rejecting patients for the fear of Covid-19.

This statement was made by the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, while speaking at the media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 in Abuja.

Iheakweazu said it is a reality that hospitals must live with instead of sending patients away.

He added that both public and private hospitals have to set up holding areas when there is uncertainty about diagnosis and the individual is showing symptoms and that no patient should be rejected for the fear of being a Covid-19 patient.

He noted that most hospitals are being supported to become sample collection sites in order to boost the national testing strategy.

He commended influential persons who have tested positive for Covid-19 and came out publicly to declare their status, saying that this will go a long way to encourage others in hiding and let people know the magnitude of the pandemic the country and the world is grappling with.

He said concerning patients being rejected in treatment centres and hospitals, that is regrettable and it is not what should be happening anymore.

Ihekweazu explained that the policy of the government is that all persons who come to the hospital should be given attention no matter how basic, and the hospital in turn should call for help.

The NCDC boss also said that the number of hospitals that can take samples will continue to increase and we hope that we will be able to help most hospitals to at least take care of emergencies that come in through an ambulance system that will come and pick up the patient from where they have arrived and take them to designated treatment centres.

Oyo Cancels 2019/2020 Session, Releases Guidelines For Schools Resumption

Oyo State Government has indicated that third term of 2019/2020 academic session for primary and secondary schools has been cancelled and that the first and second term performance will be used as the determinant for promotion into next class.

This was according the the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.

The calendar released read that the third term of 2019/2020 session has been cancelled and as a result of that, the promotion for all affected classes would be determined by the first and second term continuous assessment results .

It also indicated that Primary 6 , Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 students are to proceed on holiday from July 30 and resume for their examinations in some weeks ’ time .

The Basic Education Certificate Examination is billed to hold between August 10 and 18 , while the Competitive Entrance Examination into the schools of science is to hold on August 19.

Placement and screening test to JSS1 is slated for August 20 , while placement test into technical colleges is for August 28.

The SSS 3 class will resume for examination as soon as the West African Examination Council announces the examination date .

The 2020 /21 academic session , according to the calendar indicates that the first term will hold between September 21 and December 18 , 2020

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